theresa avila, st

Theresa

[tuh-ree-suh, -zuh; Spanish te-re-sah]
noun
1.
Saint. Also, Teresa. Also called Theresa of Avila [ah-vee-lah] , 1515–82, Spanish Carmelite nun, mystic, and writer.
2.
a female given name.
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Theresa (təˈriːzə)
 
n
See Teresa

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Theresa
fem. proper name, from Fr. Thérèse, from L. Therasia, apparently from Gk. Therasia, name of two volcanic islands, one near Sicily, one near Crete.
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